If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Learn more.

Tapitty Tapitty Tapitty - On Screen Computing

I've been pondering looking into the role computers play in TV and movies, simply because it's quite so hilariously silly. From Bones' 3D hologram-o-machine (best I can find thanks to the joy of Fox) that can instantly conjure any murderous scenario the cast think of, to those peculiar PCs all film stars use that require only rapid keyboard inputs despite their clearly cursor-orientated design. I also find myself peculiarly interested in collecting together the names of all the Google alternatives films and television use. My favourite has to be the ludicrously clumsy "Finder-Spyder" that crops up all over the place, notably Heroes, Hung and Prison Break. Although Dexter's "NetScope" is impressively wrong too. I mention all this after being pointed toward this fabulous site from the man who is responsible for so many of the more impressive interfaces you see in films, Mark Coleran.

For instance, I remember enjoying Tomb Raider's Star Trek meets Winamp design rather a lot. That was him.

Tomb Raider

There's Mission Impossible 3:

Mission Impossible 3

Or how about The Bourne Ultimatum?

Bourne Ultimatum

So he's the good guy, and I recommend looking through the graphics he's responsible for.

But what are your favourite and least favourite movie and TV representations of PCs? Not the full-on Minority Report swishy magic computers (I realise I cheated with the Bones reference above, but it's the most gloriously silly computer in all of TV), but the ones where people sit furiously tapping away as the screen somehow animates a face. Oh, and any other made up search engines you've spotted, too. Together we'll compile something amazing.

Thanks to Martin for the link.

About the Author

John Walker avatar

John Walker

Disposable

Once one of the original co-founders of Rock Paper Shotgun, they killed me out of jealousy. I now run buried-treasure.org

Support Rock Paper Shotgun

Sign up today for access to more supporter-only articles, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and game discounts. Your support helps us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information

Comments

We love having a friendly, positive and constructive community - you lot are great - and we want to keep it like that. Our main commenting rule is "be excellent to each other". Please see our code of conduct, where you can find out what "be excellent" means. TL;DR? Respect others, think before you post, and be prepared for puns.

More News

Latest Articles

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch